A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Basketball teams, after the perfunctory lay-up drill, fall into the crowded isolation and personal style of 10 city kids shooting at the same basket or playing one-on-one.
When you're picking a basketball team, you'll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you're playing the odds.
In sixth grade, my basketball team made it to the league championships. In double overtime, with three seconds left, I rebounded the ball and passed it - to the wrong team! They scored at the buzzer and we lost the game. To this day, I still have nightmares!
Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have five players on the same page at all times.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.
I can't make every decision for you. I don't have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk
The most important thing in coaching is communication. It's not what you say as much as what they absorb.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.
Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind.
Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
I was in the right place at the right time.
The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
One man cannot make a team.
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